Third Trimester

Your 29th Week

Use this third trimester to get organized before your baby is born.
You may feel a little bored and back-achy at this stage of pregnancy, but there are plenty of positive ways to take your mind off things. For example, you could start to make enquiries about breast-feeding classes, plan your maternity leave, and draw up shopping lists of baby essentials, such as diapers, a changing mat, onesies, bibs, and baby wipes, and perhaps buy a couple of items each week.
5. Fine lanugo hairs cover the baby's body. Most will disappear before the birth, but a few may still be seen on the baby's back when he is born.
4. The brain continues to get bigger and its surface is beginning to take on the creases and folds seen in mature brains.
3. At 29 weeks the average crown to heel length is 14.4 in (36.6 cm) and the average weight is 1.9 lb (875 g).
2. A jellylike fluid in the coiling umbilical cord prevents it from becoming compressed as the baby twists and turns.
1. As your belly continues to get bigger it may put pressure on your ribs and diaphragm.
Fine lanugo hairs cover the baby's body.The brain continues to get biggerAt 29 weeks the average crown to heel length is 14.4 inA jellylike fluid in the coiling umbilical cord prevents it from being compressedAs your belly continues to get bigger

Pregnancy Day by Day

By Consultant Editor, Paula Amato, MD

Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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